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Multiple users Do you know how to reset the passwords on an emac with Multiple Users running? I see people online saying that I need the system disk. Is that the install disc? thanks in advance for any solution.

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  • Justin Goldberg Oct 17, 2008

    To clarify, it is MacOS 9.

    BTW, will a G4 700mhz with 256 MB RAM run OSX?


  • Justin Goldberg Jan 09, 2009

    What I did was boot from the MacOS 9 system disk, ran the finder. All I needed to delete was the multi*.prefs file.

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Yes you need to start off the install disk, star off the install disk and it will come up to the installer window, depending on the version of OS X the menus will be different. Installer for 10.1-103 and Utilities for 10.4-10.5, select the Reset Password function and you will see a picture of your hard drive, select it and a list of users will appear and you can then reset their passwords.

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I could suggest you search for this under "Apple password reset" since I've written the solution several times in the last month, but for you, I'll do it again:
You need to find Disk 1 of the operating system install disk set. The install disk set doesn't need to be the one that came with the computer, so long as it is OS 10.2 to OS 10.5 (PPC). However, some install disks are not compatible with the resolution setting of the graphics chip in some eMacs, so you may have difficulty reading the display.
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When the computer boots up to the install program, DO NOT DO ANYTHING IN THE INSTALL PROGRAM. Look in the Apple menu for the Reset password... item. You should see a selector menu for the account(s) on the computer. Select the administrator account and enter the new password (it can be left blank if you know nobody else will ever mess with your computer). Confirm the password, then quit and restart without holding down any keys.
The computer should restart normally and you can log in to the administrator account with the new password. So long as you remember the new password, you can change it at any time using the "Accounts" pane in System Preferences.

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Hi

Sometimes the word administrator can be used to bypass log ins apart from that there is software you can download to reset your password if you have forgotten it.


Google or you tube your problem to find the software.


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